divisiveness


adjective

  1. forming or expressing division or distribution.
  2. creating dissension or discord.

adjective

  1. causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension
  2. archaic having the quality of distinguishing
adj.

c.1600, “having a quality of dividing,” from Latin divis-, past participle stem of dividere (see divide (v.)) + -ive. Meaning “producing discord” is from 1640s. Related: Divisively; divisiveness.

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